Black Hills State University

Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon & Awards Program

U.S. SBA Award Winners

Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Una Lee Howe, Working Cowboy Saddlery
Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Dawn Claymore, Midwest Marketing

Women in Business 2016 Award Winners

The Enterprising Young Entrepreneur: Jessica Castleberry, Little Nest Preschool
The Enterprising Business Team: Quik Signs
The Enterprising Business Woman: Sandra McNeely, The Abbey Group
The Enterprising Friend of Small Business: Jennifer Baloun, Great Western Bank


Keynote Speaker

Melissa Johnson is the founder of Oh My Cupcakes! In Sioux Falls as well as a new sister company, Oh My Word Luxury Paperie. Melissa is the author of Fingers in the Frosting, a book which details the company’s journey and encourages people to follow their own dreams. Melissa has three children and a foster daughter who worked her way into the family’s heart two and a half years ago. She considers determination, a positive attitude and a sense of humor as some of her greatest gifts. (The girl’s funny, just ask her.)

Oh My Cupcakes! was the 2013 SBA Woman-Owned Business of the Year.

2016 Business Showcase

Akela Spa
BHSU School of Business
Black Hills Energy/Black Hills Corporation
Black Hills Pioneer
Casey Peterson & Associates
Dakota Business Center
Elkhorn Ridge Resort & Golf Club
Faux Creations
First Interstate Bank
GenPro Energy Solutions
Ind. Director, Thirty-One Gifts
Ketel Thorstenson, LLP
Life Light Creative, LLC
Lucy's Nearly New Shoppe
LuLa Roe
Michels Communications
New York Live Insurance Company
Oh My Cupcakes!
Peak Motion Physical Therapy
Prioricare Staffing Solutions
Project Solutions
Quik Signs
RE/MAX in the Hills, Penny Doering, Realtor
Shaviq Studio
Small Business Administration
Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce
Spearfish Canyon Lodge
Visitor Publishing
Working Cowboy Saddlery